"Scholarly" and "popular" are terms used to describe a source's content, purpose, audience and more.
Watch out! Magazines that cover academic topics for general audiences are considered "popular" i.e., National Geographic, Scientific American, Psychology Today.
Peer-reviewed articles are scholarly sources that have undergone a review process before being published. Experts in a particular field of study submit their original research in the form of an article to a journal publisher. Before it can be published, it will be evaluated and critiqued by researchers and experts in the same field; hence, reviewed by their peers.
C = Currency:
When was the information published? Is it up to date?
R = Relevance:
Is the information what you're really looking for? Who is the material written for: academics, professionals, students, or the general public?
A = Authority:
Who published, wrote, or edited the information? Is the author an expert on the topic?
Is the information reliable and accurate? Do other sources verify this information?
P = Purpose:
What is the purpose of the information? Is it biased to one point of view?
For more info Try our Handout - the PARCA Test (CRAAP) (PDF) (Accessible Version)
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